TAXATION VEXATION; Residents to Voice Protest over Threatened Rises

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales), February 6, 2003 | Go to article overview

TAXATION VEXATION; Residents to Voice Protest over Threatened Rises


Byline: Phillip Nifield Political and Business Editor

PROTEST meetings are to be staged across Cardiff amid growing public opposition to a threatened 13.5 per cent rise in council tax.

Campaigners are arranging meetings in the Cardiff West, Cardiff South & Penarth and Cardiff Central constituencies for city residents to voice their opposition to proposals being considered by the ruling Labour group.

And former Conservative Lord Mayor Julius Hermer is launching a petition in Llandaff at the weekend against the increase.

Rhiwbina councillor Jayne Cowan said: ``This is not just a Conservative campaign but one from the people who have just had enough.

``I have been overwhelmed by the response from the public. I've had calls and letters from people across the city - from Ely to Cyncoed and Heath. Russell Goodway and his fellow Labour councillors need to start listening to the electors.''

Conservative group leader Gareth Neale said he had been surprised at the strength of feeling against a large rise in council tax.

``People are stopping me to tell me they are fed up with the level of council tax in Cardiff and there is also concern about the level of allowances being paid to leading councillors in Cardiff.''

Council leader Russell Goodway said: ``I fully understand the impact of a large increase on people's lives, particularly on fixed incomes. If we could reduce the level of council tax we would, but there would be a major impact on real services, such as education and social services.'' He said that pounds 4m of cuts were being made in the next financial year and the council was also using of pounds 1. …

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